WSL Athletics Week 2 Review: Dos Palos Broncos are Streaking! Firebaugh are comeback kings versus Fowler.
WSL Athletics Week 2 Review: Dos Palos Broncos are Streaking! Firebaugh are comeback kings versus Fowler. Week 3 Preview: DP is the team to beat, Tranquillity extends losing streak to 15 games.
Dos Palos Broncos, last week: Win 21-12 vs. Roosevelt. Week 2 Ranks: Maxpreps/The Pagmeter: 3rd in Division 5. Week 3 Ranks: Maxpreps/The Pagmeter: 3rd in Division 5
So it seems that Dos Palos is benefiting from Coach Calvert’s “Comeback/Redemption” tour as they are now 2-0, and it hasn’t happened since 2016 which was during his first stint as Head Varsity coach. That year they finished 2nd in WSL and made it as far as the Quarterfinals where they would fall 29-14 to Yosemite. Dos Palos last year fell to the Roughriders of Roosevelt in a thrilling and exhausting shootout that went through 5 periods of overtime till Roosevelt came away with the win. Well this time it was a different story as their JV team came off a last second fumble which lead to the game-winning field goal and the momentum from that plus the boost they got from beating Los Banos is what carried The Broncos to another victory over the Roughriders of Roosevelt albeit a close one 21-12 but a victory nonetheless. They now turn their attention to the Panthers of Washington Union who also last season beat DP in overtime as they look to be 3-0 before the bye week.
Firebaugh Eagles, last week: Win 12-7 at Fowler. Week 2 Ranks: Maxpreps: 10th in Division 5. The Pagmeter: 12th in Division 5. Week 3 Ranks: Maxpreps: 10th in Division 5. The Pagmeter: 8th in Division 5
Firebaugh had a rough 2nd half last week against Liberty-Madera Ranchos as the Hawks outscored the Eagles 29-7 leading up to a 53-35 loss for Firebaugh, while on top of that having several of Firebaugh’s players going down and costly turnovers is what hurt them. So this time around it was a much closer affair as they were trailing 7-6 after a missed PAT but would then go on and scores the go-ahead touchdown and notched their first win of the season 12-7 over the Redcats of Fowler. They will look for back to back wins as they travel to Sunnyside Stadium Thursday Night to take on the Roughriders of Roosevelt who last season in Firebaugh as Coach Vince Branstetter made his head coaching debut also reunited with former Fresno State football teammate and coaching colleague Firebaugh’s Dejon Kelly. And well it was Branstetter that got the one up on his counterpart as the Roughriders rode away with a barn burner win 14-7 and will look to see each other again on the gridiron as they Firebaugh Eagles look to be 2-1 while Roosevelt will look for their first win of 2019.
Avenal Buccaners, last week: loss 35-6 vs. Orange Cove. Week 2 Ranks: Maxpreps/The Pagmeter: 23rd in Division 6. Week 3 Ranks: Maxpreps/The Pagmeter: 23rd in Division 6.
Captain Camp and the Avenal Bucs have now hit rough seas, as they fell again last week to the Orange Cove Titans 35-6 ending their homestand. They will now start a 3-game road trip beginning this week at Corcoran where both Coach Camp and 3rd year Coach Grant Kapigian of Corcoran are looking for their first win of 2019. So the question is? Who will extend their losing streak another week? And who will finally earn their first win of 2019? The Rookie (Camp)? Or the Vet (Kapigian)?
Coalinga Horned Toads, last week: loss 30-12 at Caruthers. Week 2 Ranks: Maxpreps: 18th in Division 5, The Pagmeter: 16th in Division 5. Week 3 Ranks: Maxpreps/The Pagmeter: 18th in Division 5.
Coach Redding and the Horned Toads seem to be having a rough start to the season as they have now lost back to back games. A close loss in their opener 31-28 at Orosi, and then an 18pt loss at Caruthers last week. It seems that the smash mouth concept is still a work in progress with a new team this year. They will look to regroup and look forward to their first win of 2019 against McFarland.
Mendota Aztecs, last week: loss 17-14 vs. Liberty-Madera Ranchos. Week 2 Ranks: Maxpreps/The Pagmeter: 19th in Division 5. Week 3 Ranks: Maxpreps: 19th in Division 5. The Pagmeter: 17th in Division 5.
Mendota has now gone 3 straight years where they enter the bye week with a losing record, (2017: 1-3, 2018: 0-4, 2019: 0-2) after suffering a close loss to the Liberty-Madera Ranchos Hawks 17-14 last week. They hope to use this bye week and next week to get back in gear and prep for their road trip to take on the Reedley Pirates next week as they will look forward to getting their first win of 2019.
Tranquillity Tigers, last week: loss 61-14 at Livingston. Week 2 Ranks: Maxpreps: 24th in Division 6, The Pagmeter: 22nd in Division 6. Week 3 Ranks: Maxpreps: 24th in Division 6, The Pagmeter: 22nd in Division 6.
Tranquillity last won a game on October 13, 2017…Friday the 13th which for most people would be an unlucky day but for them it was a bit of both since as mentioned before is the last time they won. And if you’re doing the math at home boys and girls its 692 days without a win and a total of 15 games after last week’s 61-14 loss At Livingston. Most people are beginning to wonder of maybe things would be better off if Tranquillity left the league and stay independent like Fresno Christian & Immanuel. Others who still have faith in the Tigers are saying the turnaround will happen…But the question is when it will happen? We will find out as the Tigers of Tranquillity will take on the Pirates of Morro Bay this week.
Quote of the Week: “We does all these things not because they are easy, But because they are hard” John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the U.S.